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FTA Looking Into North County Transit District

The Federal Transit Administration — the federal agency that grants transportation agencies money and oversees how that money is spent — confirmed Friday it is now actively looking into San Diego’s North County Transit District (NCTD).


The SPRINTER rail line runs between Escondido and Oceanside.

inewsource has been reporting on problems, from security risks to contract failing to high employee turnover, in NCTD since February. Some of the problems have involved federal contracts and grant money, which the FTA is responsible for overseeing. NCTD has hundreds of millions of dollars tied up in state and federal projects.

Throughout our investigation, we’ve kept both state and federal transportation oversight agencies in the loop through emails and phone calls. We have wanted to make sure these agencies have seen our reporting and have had a chance to comment.

Some stories about safety concerns were brought to us by sources who risked their jobs in the process. Our investigation has produced 18 stories, yet the district’s board of directors has refused to comment on all but two.

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muckapoo1 | June 17, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

I ride the Sprinter, the Coaster and a bus daily. As a consumer, I feel comfortable and safe. There is plenty of security and the system runs on time. Their employees are friendly and capable. I wish the rest of our local government was as efficient and as reliable.

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fallbrookcoasterrider | June 19, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

It's about time they are looking into things! I DON'T know how someone can feel safe knowing that the security guards admitted that they aren't properly trained, and that there were issues with the Sprinter. I DON'T believe it's efficient or reliable for disabled persons to be dropped off hours early or picked up hours late, or investing in poorly managed contracts. I DO believe that ELECTED officials like the board of NCTD should be held accountable and owe the taxpayers more than "no comment." I DO believe the management at NCTD especially Mr. Tucker should be held accountable for they're misuse of taxpayers money by investing in contracts without competitive bidding (lazy, corrupt or just plain stupid?) and then failing to manage those contracts by making sure the companies followed them. And I DO believe that the FTA is right in investigating further and making sure the board members, heads at NCTD, and the contracted compaines be held accountable.

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